How Yemen Chewed Itself Dry
Foreign Affairs — 23 July 2013
As policymakers butt heads over the best course for Yemen, the dwindling water supply is already leading to instability: according to Al-Thawra, one of the country’s leading newspapers, 70 to 80 percent of conflicts in Yemen’s rural regions are water-related. And across the country, Yemen’s Interior Ministry estimates, water- and land-related disputes result in about 4,000 deaths each year — 35 times the number of casualties in the deadliest al Qaeda attack in the county’s history.
Yemen’s youth and the fight against corruption
La Voix du Yemen — 22 July 2013
A recent survey by Transparency International seems to confirm this feeling as 56 percent of respondents said the level of corruption in Yemen has increased over the past two years. YTB documents and watches corruption cases especially in governmental apparatuses. Last month, they sued the administration of the Field Hospital, a medical NGO that used to provide medical care for the injured protesters in Change Square in Sana’a during the 2011 uprising, for looting medical equipment and ambulance vehicles that were given to the hospital, and disappeared when the facility closed down.
Voice of Yemen’s hungry poor struggles to be heard in peace dialogue
Financial Times — 24 July 2013
But the country’s poor – over half Yemen’s 25m people – are largely disconnected from the talks. Like Fatima’s parents, they are more concerned with finding food to put on the table. In a survey conducted by the Sana’a-based Yemen Polling Centre in 2012, some 54.3 per cent of interviewees said that their biggest concern was the economy. A July report by the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the body that oversees humanitarian requirements in Yemen on behalf of the UN, found that although rising volumes of aid were reaching the country the humanitarian situation had remained largely unchanged since reaching crisis levels 2011 and 2012. Some 10.5m people do not have enough food to eat, while 1m children are suffering from acute malnutrition, according to OCHA. Continue reading